Framework for the use of health information

The health information in the QHR can be released on request to authorized providers and bodies in accordance with their access authorization. The law stipulates that it must remain available for a maximum of 7 years.

Information obtained from the QHR and integrated in the local record may not be released to anyone else without your written consent. It may, however, be released without your consent in order to prevent an act of violence or where there is a serious risk of death or serious bodily injury, generating a sens of urgency.

When an authorized provider provides health or social services, they can add information obtained through the QHR to your local medical record, for example, your record in a family medicine group (FMG). This addition is then protected by the rules of confidentiality that apply to the local record.


Despite your consent, your health information may not be transmitted, in whole or in part, to:

  • A person or a partnership who does verifications or acts as an expert, for example, a physician with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) or the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST)
  • Anyone for the purposes of a contract that requires an assessment of your health, for example an insurance contract or an employment contract